ERIC Number: ED433064
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb-25
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment Faculty Guide: The Rationale and Process for Outcomes Assessment.
The Assessment Faculty Guide from St. Louis Community College provides guidance for faculty members about how to implement outcomes assessment. The handbook is divided into five areas: (1) assessment rationale, including history, definition, principles, and questions and answers; (2) the structure of assessment, providing a description, organization chart, and current membership of related campus committees; (3) the assessment process; (4) faculty responsibility and participation; and (5) necessary forms. The guide emphasizes the paradigm shift that has taken place in community colleges that shifts the focus from teaching to learning. Student assessment is taken to mean the systematic collection, examination, and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data about student learning and the use of that information both to document and to improve student learning. St. Louis' program is faculty-driven, ongoing, designed to refocus institutional attention on quality instead of enrollment growth, and is separate from faculty evaluation. Under the plan, the primary work of assessment is performed by the assessment units--such as instructors, academic departments, career program offices, and college service units--with the support of the campus assessment committee. The assessment process itself employs a five step model of outcomes assessment: (1) identify mission and goals; (2) identify outcomes; (3) determine an appropriate means of assessment; (4) collect the results; and use the results to improve student learning. Sample forms are included. (CAK)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Saint Louis Community Coll., MO.